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Agnes conscious, but condition still serious

SHILLONG: Five days after CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing was brutally attacked in East Jaintia Hills, she has regained consciousness but her condition remains serious as she continues to be on ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in NEIGRIHMS.
A health bulletin issued by NEIGRIHMS public relations officer said that as on Tuesday, 2 pm, she has regained consciousness, kidney function has improved, lung function is showing signs of recovery, her vitals are stable, but her condition remains serious, and she continues to be on ventilator in the ICU.
The statement added that her colleague Amita Sangma had multiple lacerations over head, multiple injuries over both hands (more over right hand) at the time of admission.
She is being managed in surgical ICU and is doing well. She is conscious, talking, eating and stable, the bulletin said.
Kharshiing was brought to NEIGRIHMS in an unconscious state, at around 6 pm on November 8 with multiple injuries all over her body.
“The pulse was feeble, the BP was not recordable and she had difficulty in breathing. She was intubated and multiple fluids, blood transfusions were given and her vitals were stabilised, in the Casualty of the Institute”, the bulletin added.
Emergency CT scan of head, thorax and abdomen was done. It showed Bilateral Hemothorax, SDH (blood clot in brain) over left temporoparietal region, fracture of right side ribs (8, 9, 10), and fracture D12, the NEIGRIHMS bulletin said.
Assembly women’s panel to take up attack on activists
The Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment, will take up the recent attack on CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing and her colleague, Amita Sangma during its meeting on Thursday.
Informing this here on Monday, MLA and chairperson of the committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh said she will suggest to the committee on the need to summon police officials to submit report on the inhumane attack on the women activists.
“The meeting will take its own course of action to be followed up and as a Chairperson of the committee, I will demand independent judicial inquiry,” Lyngdoh said.
The Congress legislator, who also visited NEIGRIHMS on Tuesday to check on Kharshiing further said she will suggest to the committee that Women’s Commission should rally behind the committee to seek justice on her behalf.
The Committee of Empowerment of Women examines measures taken by the government to secure equality, status and dignity for women in all matters.
It also examines the measures taken by the government for comprehensive education and adequate representation of women in services and other fields.
“Women empowerment is not to be treated as a special tag for the fairer gender. It is a fact that women are challenged in all spheres – at place of work, in politics, in religious forums, in social platforms, in family and others,” Lyngdoh said.
She also felt that women empowerment is necessary and crucial to ensure that their opinions, voices and thoughts are heard, circulated and taken into consideration for a balanced execution of governance.
“Women rights continue to suffer across the board and as Chairperson of this committee, I will take up the issues of atrocities and crimes against women in our state,” she added.

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